The following is a press release.
BANGKOK, 14 January 2021 – UNICEF and NGO partners in collaboration with USAID are distributing critical supplies and training communities on COVID-19 protection in high-risk areas in Thailand to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the impact on vulnerable populations, including migrants.
Following the recent outbreak in Samut Sakhon province, many migrant families and children lack the income, accessible information, and life-saving supplies to protect themselves from COVID-19. This most recent support aims to reach 30,000 migrants.
“We know that early intervention is key to avoiding the spread of the virus,” said Severine Leonardi, UNICEF Deputy Representative at UNICEF Thailand. “UNICEF is grateful for the support of USAID to be able to reach some of the most vulnerable children and families and support the Government’s efforts to protect the country from an escalating pandemic. This supply and informational support for migrants aim to ensure their immediate health and safety and equip them with knowledge for COVID-19 prevention as a community in the long term. The fight against COVID-19 must leave no one behind, no matter their status.”
UNICEF is delivering critical supplies, including COVID-19 booklets and 10,000 soaps and hand sanitizers, to the Migrant Workers Rights Network, Foundation for Rural Youth, and Proud Association for distribution to migrant communities in Samut Sakhon province and affected areas nearby. Supplies including 1,800 isolation gowns, 650 face shields, 400 boxes of disposable face masks, 380 boxes of gloves, and 100 gallons of disinfectant are also distributed to staff, migrant health volunteers, and translators who are supporting public health officers in tracing and follow-up with COVID-19 cases in the affected communities.
In addition to supply distribution, UNICEF and USAID are supporting NGO Raks Thai Foundation to train migrant community leaders and members to screen for COVID-19, share COVID-19-related messages and engage others in establishing COVID-19 prevention measures in 40 communities in high-risk areas, including the Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakarn, Rayong and Chantaburi provinces.
UNICEF is also expanding support to migrant learning centres and communities in Mae Sot district of Tak province through online learning support, teacher outreach, and internet provision for teachers.
As part of its ongoing COVID-19 response and to help efforts in Thailand to curb the spread of the virus, UNICEF is informing children and families on how to stay safe through entertaining and educational songs, videos, infographics, and learning activities disseminated through social media channels.
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